Hernandez involved in jail altercation

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts sheriff says former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been involved in a prison altercation.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson says the former New England Patriots tight end had an altercation with another inmate at the Bristol County House of Corrections on Tuesday.

Hodgson says jail staff are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video to figure out exactly what happened and determine whether charges are warranted.

A jail spokesman says neither inmate was seriously injured.

Hernandez is being held in a segregated housing unit with only a few other inmates.

The 24-year-old Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. The Boston man was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

Knicks’ PG Felton arraigned on 2 felonies

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arraigned on two felony weapons possession charges in Manhattan Criminal Court, following his early morning arrest after a lawyer for his wife turned in a loaded semi-automatic handgun allegedly belonging to the basketball star to a police precinct, claiming she no longer wanted it in their home, authorities said.

Felton was released on $25,000 bail and was ushered into a black SUV following his arraignment. Under the terms of his bond, Felton can travel to games, bail bondsman Ira Judelson said. However, he was ordered to stay away from his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton.

Prosecutors said they were told Felton stored the Belgian-made FN Herstal model handgun in the home from August through February. A lawyer for Felton’s wife, a student at Fordham University School of Law, dropped off the weapon at a stationhouse on Manhattan’s upper West Side on Monday evening, shortly before tipoff of the Knicks game against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden, police said.

Fredette close to buyout with Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jimmermania began in Sacramento with hundreds of fans gathered at the airport to cheer the arrival of a player most had only watched on television or read about during the NCAA tournament.

It’s headed for a much quieter conclusion.

As the Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette worked toward reaching a buyout of his contract, the former BYU sensation was not in attendance for Sacramento’s 129-103 loss to the Houston Rockets. Kings coach Michael Malone said the team advised Fredette to stay home until a resolution is reached.

Malone said he wished Fredette well and believes the third-year guard can carve out an NBA career somewhere ”“ just not in Sacramento.

Golfer Elkington causes more outrage

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Former PGA champion Steve Elkington caused more outrage on Twitter when he made a disparaging remark about Missouri defensive end Michael Sam while trying to criticize media coverage that refers to him as gay.

Sam came out publicly two weeks ago. The NFL has never had an openly homosexual player. Sam worked out this week at the NFL combine in Indianapolis and is projected to be a mid- to late-round draft pick.

Elkington first tweeted that ESPN’s coverage of Sam was “embarrassing.” He followed with this tweet: “ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine … No one else expected to throw today.”

Elkington later deleted his tweet, and then tried to clarify his position. He posted a reply: “I’m for Sam I’m against ESPN telling me he’s gay….”

Panthers’ Gross to retire

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross is saying goodbye to the NFL after 11 seasons.

The Panthers confirmed the three-time Pro Bowl left tackle will announce his retirement at a news conference on Wednesday at the stadium.

Gross, 33, was a first-round pick by Carolina in 2003 and started a franchise-record 167 games. He went to his third Pro Bowl this past season as an alternate.

Gross’ contract had expired with the Panthers earlier this month, but there was still some question as to whether he might agree to return for one more season. He went on vacation with his family last week to Idaho to contemplate whether or not to retire.

Gross told the team’s website, Panthers.com, that it was the right time to step away.



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